Charles Goolsby

Professor Art

Charles W. Goolsby, Division Chair of Visual & Performing Arts and Professor of Art at Emory & Henry College, has been a practicing professional artist for more than thirty-five years. He holds the Allen & Agnes Rowlett Chair of Creative Studies.

Goolsby’s work has been featured in more than 45 solo exhibitions throughout the southeastern United States at various college, university, fine arts center, and commercial galleries. Blue Spiral I Gallery, in Asheville, North Carolina represents him. His work has also been selected for regional and national juried exhibitions throughout the United States. His work is included in a number of public and corporate collections throughout Virginia and North Carolina.


  • James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
    M.F.A., Art, 1994
  • Radford University, Radford, VA
    B.F.A., Art, 1980


ART 111 - Introduction to Art & Design

ART 151 - Drawing

ART 200 - Figure Drawing

ART 255, 356, 455, 456 -All Levels of Painting

ART 345, 445 - All Levels of Printmaking

ETLA 322- Great Works in Context: The Sistine Chapel

ART 322/ETLA 240 - Italian Art - Study Abroad in Rome, Pompei, Siena & Florence


Goolsby continues to paint oils and monotypes in his studio located near Emory, Virginia. His recent work is inspired by landscapes that have been significantly altered by human intervention. Partly informed by traditions from nineteenth-century American landscape painting, Charles transforms our twenty-first century environment into ambitious oil paintings that celebrate beauty and monumentality.

Professional Experience

Goolsby has been awarded fellowships from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Ucross Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation.

He was selected as a resident associate artist by the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida where he worked with internationally acclaimed artist Donald Sultan. In 2012 he was selected as a Fellow at VCCA-France at Le Moulin à Nef, a studio center in the Gascon village of Auvillar.

In August of 2010, three of Goolsby’s oil paintings were included in the highly selective journal, New American Paintings. One of Goolsby’s paintings was featured in Oxford American Magazine’s Fall 2005 issue on Southern Art and Architecture. His art appeared on the April 1989 cover of School Arts Magazine.

  • Charles Goolsby

Contact Info

Art Department

Emory & Henry College

PO Box 947

Emory, VA 24327



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